Red Grouse In The Peaks

Red Grouse in the Peaks

The heaths and moors of the peak district are an eerie exposure of peat covered moorland sitting about 600m (2000 ft) above sea level. Large wind carved eroded rocks sit among vast plateaus and rock formations supporting a healthy population of Red Grouse. These iconic moorland birds make their home on these moors and are reliant on their camouflaged plumage to blend in to this habitat. They feed on the tender shoots of the heather that cover the majority of the moorland, and at certain times of the year the heather forms a pink blanket of colour.

These one day workshops will run all year and I will take you to those places I have found over time, to be some of the best places to see and photograph this beautiful bird within their natural moorland habitat.

An early start to maximise your opportunities to capture this bird as the moors awake. We will then get in to place to capture some lovely images. Green, camouflaged clothing is necessary due to the nature of this bird. I will demonstrate and guide you through various field craft skills and techniques that will help you to get closer to this bird and in turn enabling you to get the best possible images.

I will go through the correct camera settings, simplifying anything that you don’t understand. I will also show you important tracking tips that you can take away with you and implement yourself, improving and increasing your overall photographic opportunities and in turn images. Mountain Hares, Golden Plovers and Curlews are some of the other species that we may also encounter and the day will last from dawn till dusk.

I will show you the field craft skills I use myself which in turn will help you in your own photography. Examples of what I will show you can be seen by clicking here from a recent article I had published.

Fitness Level

The walk to the Red Grouse will be over uphill, uneven terrain. Waterproof walking boots are essential. A reasonable level of fitness is required, but its a nice, pleasant walk.

Additional Information

The weather in the Peak District is a mixture of mist, fog, rain and sunshine, and during winter month’s also snow, so appropriate waterproof, warm clothing is necessary. Waterproof housing for your camera and lens covers is a must as rain can be upon you in minutes.

Recommended Kit

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, a 500mm lens is ideal but a 300mm with convertors should meet your needs A tripod is also essential. The landscape of the Peak District will present you with many opportunities so if you have a wide angle lens then this would also give you a chance to capture some beautiful landscape images.


Friday 7th September 2018 - Flowering Heather
Saturday 8th September 2018 - Flowering Heather
Friday 14th September 2018 - Flowering Heather
Saturday 15th September 2018 Flowering Heather 
Friday 28th September 2018
Saturday 29th September 2018
Friday 19th October 2018
Saturday 20th october 2018
Friday 2nd November 2018
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Friday 23rd November 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018
Friday 7th December 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018

Group Size

1-4 maximum


£300.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 1 ratio

£200.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 2 ratio

All dates/days are flexible, should the dates or days stated NOT suit you then please email me with your alternative date/day(s)

Discounted rates for more than two people and groups of up to four participants are available, email me for more details.

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